Happy Birthday David

Here are some photos I took at David’s 85th birthday party, hosted by Peter and Janice at their lovely farm.  Thank you for the hospitality and excellent dinner.

If you would like a higher resolution version of one of these, let me know and I’ll either email or print, whatever you want. Some are a little grainy as the light from the window washed them out.

The difference between last year’s rain and this year’s drought

For those who guessed at my mystery plant flower, here is the entire plant from this year, with me for scale.  This has been a year of drought, I lost a few plants as I had no time to water but most just didn’t grow well.  Compare with the next plant of the same species but from last year when we had near-record rainfall.

Castor bean plant
Castor bean plant
Eric as a garden gnome
Eric as a garden gnome

Hard to believe these are the same type of plant, grown about a meter apart in consecutive years.  I grow them for the leaves so a bit of a disappointment this year, though the flowers were actually larger than before, in compensation.

Jewelry beyond gems

It was getting a little dark when I got home today, as there were thunderstorms brewing, but I couldn’t resist a few shots of this jewel beetle even though in low light I couldn’t get the depth of focus I wanted and the macro ring light was scaring it.  Even for those of you who don’t like insects must admit this is beautiful and since the colours are not solely from pigments but come from light interference effects related to soap bubble colours, you get these incredible rainbow effects.

Jewel beetle
Jewel beetle
Jewel beetle 2
Jewel beetle 2
Jewel beetle 3
Jewel beetle 3